|St. Denis Centre|
|Pts: Kiera Lyons – 18||Pts: Kayli Sartori – 13|
|Reb: 2 Players (#12, #TM – 9)||Reb: Kayli Sartori – 9|
|Ast: Kabree Howard – 4||Ast: Aieisha Luyken – 5|
|Field Goal %||35.9% (23-64)||35.9% (23-64)|
|Pts off Turnovers||7||13|
|2nd Chance Pts||6||11|
|Pts in the Paint||26||16|
WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – Kaylie Sartori notched a team-high13 points and the fifth-seeded Fraser Valley Cascades earned theirfirst-ever CIS medal by defeating the No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies69-57 in the bronze-medal game at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CISwomen’s basketball championship on Sunday afternoon at the St.Denis Centre.
Sartori also grabbed nine rebounds while Courtney Bartel scored12 points for the Cascades, who avenged a 67-56 defeat to theHuskies in the Canada West finals and earn a top-three finish intheir second appearance at the CIS Final 8 tournament. UFV finishedtied for seventh in their only other appearance at the nationalchampionships in 2013.
“I’m just really proud of the squad and we playedour best basketball of the season this weekend,” said UFVhead coach Al Tuchscherer. “We had the opportunity to playthree top quality programs and just had a great experience inWindsor. I’m really happy for our seniors, it’s such anawesome way for them to finish.”
Saskatchewan, whose best result was a silver medal on the St.Denis Centre court back in 2011, finish fourth in their sixthnational championship appearance over the last seven years. KieraLyons and Dalyce Emmerson recorded 18 and 16 points respectively inthe loss.
The top teams in the Canada West conference traded basketsthrough the first five minutes of the contest with FVU garnering a7-6 lead at the 5:22 mark. The evenly-matched play continued forthe rest of the opening quarter as both squads shot an identical35.7% (5-of-14) from the floor. Lyons scored seven of her team’sfirst 13 points in the period, including two three-point baskets,helping the Huskies to a 13-12 lead at the onset of the second.
Kelsey Trulsrud made a great defensive play with just underseven minutes to play in the half, leaping to steal a Cascades passand finding an open teammate to arc a pass to before she fell outof bounds. Back-to-back running jumpers by Lyons gave Saskatchewana three-point lead soon after, but two foul shots by Sarah Wierksand a baseline jumper by Aieisha Luyken helped Fraser Valley keeppace.
UFV took over the lead late in the half but a timely three byKabree Howard brought the Huskies even. Both squads heated up inthe final minutes of the second, and a final three-pointer bySartori gave UFV a 30-27 lead after two quarters of play.
Lyons was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the first halfand led all players with 16 points while Sartori topped theCascades with eight.
After Riley Humbert quickly evened the game, Nataliia Gavryliukresponded with a second three less than a minute into thesecond-half to restore Fraser Valley’s lead. UFV went on to score10 straight points in the middle portion of the third, ending witha three from Bartel to take a nine-point lead. After AntoinetteMiller broke Saskatchewan’s scoreless streak, the Chilliwack, B.C.native drained another, totalling nine points in the third to helpthe Cascades take a commanding 55-40 lead going into the fourthquarter.
Emmerson recorded a lay-up bucket and the Huskies scored thefirst six points of the final stanza to bring the deficit down tosingle-digits. Trulsrud made a strong penetration for the lay-upbucket to help spur Saskatchewan’s comeback bid, but UFV respondedby making four straight free-throws and getting baskets fromGavryliuk and Kaitlyn Brink to hold an 11-point lead at the 4:02mark.
The Huskies were unable to take a significant bite out of theCascades healthy lead, allowing Fraser Valley to earn their firstCIS bronze medal in program history. The Canada West rivalsfinished the game with an equal 35.9% shooting efficiency while UFVout-rebounded Saskatchewan 47-39.
UFV 12-18-25-14: 69
SSK 13-14-13-17: 57
Points: Kaylie Sartori (13), Courtney Bartel (12), NataliiaGavryliuk (9)
Rebounds: Kaylie Sartori (9), Sarah Wierks (7)
Assists: Aieisha Luyken (5)
Player of the game: Kaylie Sartori
Points: Kiera Lyons (18), Dalyce Emmerson (16), Riley Humbert(7)
Rebounds: Kelsey Trulsrud (9), Dalyce Emmerson (6)
Assists: Kabree Howard (4)
CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times EASTERN TIME)
Friday, March 14
13:00 Quarter-final 1: Saint Mary’s 71, Alberta 51
15:00 Quarter-final 2: Saskatchewan 61, Queen’s 52
18:00 Quarter-final 3: Windsor 81, Wilfrid Laurier 53
20:00 Quarter-final 4: Fraser Valley 74, McGill 60
Saturday, March 15
10:00 Consolation 1: Alberta 67, Queen’s 55
12:00 Consolation 2: McGill 58, Wilfrid Laurier 51
15:00 Semifinal 1: Saint Mary’s 67, Saskatchewan 54
17:00 Semifinal 2: Windsor 65, Fraser Valley 45
Sunday, March 16
15:00 5th Place: McGill 70, Alberta 56
17:00 Bronze: Fraser Valley 69, Saskatchewan 57
20:00 Final: No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 1 Windsor (Sportsnet360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv*)
* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final)will be on pay-per-view basis.
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